February Marks 4th Year for Bixby Knolls Literary Society; Monthly Selection will Honor Black History

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Bixby Knolls Literary Society Celebrates 4 Years And Honors Black HistoryA discussion of Black Warriors: The Buffalo Soldiers of World War II, by Ivan J. Houston with Gordon Cohn, will honor Black History Month and highlight the fourth anniversary of the Bixby Knolls Literary Society when the group meets on Wednesday evening, February 8, 2012 at Expo Arts Center.

Houston, a vigorous 86 years of age, will discuss his experiences and respond to questions. The Buffalo Soldiers formed the only Negro infantry division to fight in Europe during World War II, when America’s military was racially segregated.

Copies of Black Warriors will be on sale at the discussion.

The public is invited to attend The Bixby Knolls Literary Society meeting on  Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 7pm at Expo Arts Center 4321 Atlantic Avenue. Long Beach. Admission is free.  Refreshments will be provided.

About Ivan Houston:
A Los Angeles native, Houston was 18 years old and a student at the University of California at Berkeley when, as a member of the Army Enlisted Reserve Corps, he was called to active duty on January 3, 1944. He became a member of the 92nd Infantry Division the historic Buffalo Soldiers, whose history dates from the Civil War and its 370th Regimental Combat Team. During eight months in Italy, between August 23, 1944, and May 2, 1945, Houston and his fellow soldiers, serving under white officers, fought and defeated the Germans in their last-ditch retreat from the Arno River north through Pisa, Lucca, the Apennine mountains, Genoa, and the Po Valley.

Houston men have served the American military since the Revolutionary War.

After leaving the service, Houston returned to Berkeley and completed his undergraduate studies before joining the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company in Los Angeles, one of America¹s largest black-owned businesses, co-founded by his father.  He retired in 1990 as Golden State Mutual’s president and chief executive officer.

Parking is available along Atlantic Avenue. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information call the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association (562) 595-0081, email info@bixbyknollsinfo.com or visit www.bixbyknollsinfo.com.

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